5 Stocks Dragging The Real Estate Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 16,035 as of Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,480 issues advancing vs. 1,397 declining with 175 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include CBRE Group ( CBG), up 1.6%, Brookfield Office Properties ( BPO), up 0.9% and Ventas ( VTR), up 0.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. Forest City ( FCE.A) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, Forest City is down $0.35 (-1.8%) to $19.26 on light volume. Thus far, 309,857 shares of Forest City exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 826,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $19.00-$19.73 after having opened the day at $19.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.61.

Forest City Enterprises, Inc. engages in the ownership, development, management, and acquisition of commercial and residential real estate and land in 26 states and the District of Columbia. Forest City has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 20.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Forest City as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Forest City Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, CoStar Group ( CSGP) is down $2.04 (-1.1%) to $183.68 on light volume. Thus far, 12,795 shares of CoStar Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 128,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $183.54-$186.00 after having opened the day at $185.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $185.72.

CoStar Group, Inc. provides information, analytics, and marketing services to the commercial real estate industry in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. CoStar Group has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 229.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 107.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate CoStar Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CoStar Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full CoStar Group Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Camden Property ( CPT) is down $0.59 (-1.0%) to $59.53 on average volume. Thus far, 264,725 shares of Camden Property exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 597,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.53-$59.82 after having opened the day at $58.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.12.

Camden Property Trust is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It is engaged in the ownership, development, acquisition, management, and disposition of multifamily residential apartment communities. Camden Property has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 11.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Camden Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Camden Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Camden Property Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, BRE Properties ( BRE) is down $1.21 (-2.0%) to $58.13 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of BRE Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 745,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.96-$59.39 after having opened the day at $58.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.34.

BRE Properties Inc. is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It focuses on the development, acquisition, and management of multifamily apartment communities. BRE Properties Inc. BRE Properties has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate BRE Properties a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BRE Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full BRE Properties Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Digital Realty ( DLR) is down $0.28 (-0.6%) to $45.73 on light volume. Thus far, 286,488 shares of Digital Realty exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.52-$46.08 after having opened the day at $45.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.01.

Digital Realty Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), through its controlling interest in Digital Realty Trust, L.P., engages in the ownership, acquisition, development, redevelopment, and management of technology-related real estate. Digital Realty has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 32.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Digital Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Digital Realty as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Digital Realty Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the real estate industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate ( IYR) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider ProShares Short Real Estate Fund ( REK).
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